Maroochy Regional Bushland
This magnificent facility is set on 112 hectares west of Buderim off the Tanawha Tourist Drive. Gullies filled with ferns and palms, a lagoon home to myriad wildlife, picnic areas, natural bush walks and special areas where the natural attractions have been supplemented with art and sculpture are among the large array of features awaiting lovers of Australia’s bushland.
During 2011, an Arts and Ecology centre was built in the gardens and is now fully operational. The building is notable for its environmentally sustainable design and construction, and is well worth a walk through.
The established garden areas and parks are a favourite for family outings and weddings, as there are many picnic tables overlooking the lagoon and in forest areas.
There are also larger and smaller picnic shelters for use during hot or wet weather.
There are no barbeque facilities, but you are welcome to bring your own, there are good quality toilet facilities and a covered area onsite.
Visitors are asked to help protect the native fauna of the gardens. No pets are allowed in the gardens, and no rubbish bins are provided in an effort to reduce the number of crows and other scavengers, and not interfering in the feeding patterns of the locals.
The gardens are owned, maintained and administered by the Sunshine Coast Council, assisted by the Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Inc, an organisation of volunteers established in 1996 before the Gardens were started! Today, the Friends continue to work in the gardens, maintaining and developing the site, providing guides, and providing volunteer staff for the information desk, now located in the Arts and Ecology Centre.
Trained volunteer Guides take walks Tuesday at 9:00am leaving from the ” Arts & Ecology Centre” except for December and January. If you enjoy plants, and learning about our special native plants, their stories and uses, please meet the Guides at the Information Sign near the car park for a leisurely walk with us. Walks begin at 9 a.m. and last for an hour. During the hot months we take advantage of the shady, cool areas of the Gardens, including the Mossy Log area, the Fern Glade, the Friendship Colonnade and the Ephemeral Wetlands. Note: walks are no longer conducted on Fridays.
Guided walks for groups can be arranged for suitable times, mutually convenient for guide(s) and walkers. But time is required for organisation so please let us know at least a month in advance. Contact Margaret on [email protected].
If you are interested in training as a Guide, applications for a new intake occur several times per year. Please contact Margaret [email protected] for further details.
If you would like to contact or be involved in “The Friends” you can contact the President via email at [email protected]
You can locate the Gardens on our maps below! If you use a GPS, it may be quicker to enter the address 32 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha, Queensland